The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Saturn = 101
Jupiter = 110
Mars = 131
Pluto = 200
Moon = 221
Mercury = 301
Neptune = 302
Sun = 332
[Least aspected Saturn]
She [de Beauvoir] presupposes that a writer can actually convey pure facts without a viewpoint.
–Melinda Camber Porter, Through Parisian Eyes.
Of all French writers, she alone ... noted the passing years with such insistence, ever conscious of the ticking clock, of life’s running out and slipping away.
–Claude Francis and Fernande Gontier, Simone de Beauvoir.
Always the same faces, the same surroundings, the same conversations, the same problems. The more it changes, the more it repeats itself. In the end, you feel as if you’re dying alive.
–Simone de Beauvoir, The Mandarins.
Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris, west of her Primary Saturn, which runs over the eastern border of France in a vertical, midnight position. Along with her lifelong companion and fellow philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, de Beauvoir promulgated the “Existentialist / philosophy” (Primary Saturn / Secondary Jupiter) in works of fiction, philosophy, essays, and autobiography. Evolving out of the “alienation and despair” (Primary Saturn) that characterized the intellectual spirit of the World War II era, Existentialism conceived of humanity as existing in a “soulless universe” (Primary Saturn): one bereft of any absolute value or meaning. Faced with such cosmic emptiness, we are left only with the choice of creating our own sense of personal “responsibility” (Primary Saturn).
A rather “somber, severe appraisal of reality” (Saturn), de Beauvoir’s Existentialist view exemplifies an extreme saturnine orientation: one overly concerned with the “harsh, rather basic facts of life” (Saturn) to the detriment of a more soulful or supramundane viewpoint. The notion of “personal responsibility” (a term frequently bandied about in Existentialist circles) is a principal Saturnian theme, with its emphasis on “fulfilling one’s responsibilities.”
De Beauvoir’s “accomplishments / in the world of philosophy” (Primary Saturn / Secondary Jupiter) were noteworthy: evidence that she followed her own dictum of “personal responsibility.” Besides her involvement with Sartre and Existentialism, she is perhaps best known for Le deuxième sexe (1949; The Second Sex, 1953): a scholarly attack on the so-called myth of the eternal feminine. This rather “literal, restricted view” (Primary Saturn) of the complex symbol of the human soul (i.e., the eternal feminine or muse) is typical of de Beauvoir’s Saturnian approach, which includes such “dour appraisals of the human condition” as the following:
marriage is a form of servitude for man also. He is taken in the snare set by nature: because he desired a fresh young girl, he has to support a heavy matron or a desiccated hag for life. The dainty jewel intended to decorate his existence becomes a hateful burden ... But even when the woman is young there is a hoax in marriage, since, while being supposed to socialize eroticism, it succeeds only in killing it.
(In a strange counterpoint to such concerns for “fresh young girls,” de Beauvoir was notorious for seducing her female students when she taught at high school.)
While The Second Sex did much to advance the women’s movement, feminists would later criticize de Beauvoir for her didactic and “moralizing approach” (Saturn) to feminist issues. Yet, her work did at least serve to “lend specific form and structure to the moral issue” (Saturn) of women’s rights. She helped to “build the institutional foundations that would preserve and codify the moral issues” (Saturn) promoted by the “ethical awareness” (Secondary Jupiter) of the feminists of her day.
De Beauvoir pursued another classic Saturnian theme: the “reality of aging.” Une mort très douce (1964; A Very Easy Death, 1966) describes her mother’s passing away in a hospital; La vieillesse (1970; Old Age, 1972) is “a bitter appraisal” (Saturn) of the fate of the elderly in modern society; and La cérémonie des adieux (1981; Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre, 1984) is a “painful” (Primary Saturn) chronicle of the final period of Sartre’s life (one whose “harsh realism” and “embittered tone” (Saturn) resulted in widespread criticism of de Beauvoir). Her novels include L’invitée (1943; She Came to Stay, 1949) and Les Mandarins (1954; The Mandarins, 1956), each of which have an Existentialist tone and content. She also authored collections of essays and works of “philosophy” and “travel” (Secondary Jupiter).
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
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